Tabletop gaming has been sadly lacking since I posted last. My work schedule has eliminated pretty much all opportunity to game. I think it's time to evolve this blog.
One thing I've been contemplating is a review blog. I've been reading a lot more lately. I've also joined a cool little site that sends review copies of books out to be read and reviewed. I certainly don't fancy myself any kind of real journalist, but if a review is being solicited, then a review I will deliver.
As such, I think I'll establish a rating system here:
***** - Worth re-reading. Thought provoking, entertaining, or intriguing in different measures.
**** - Engaging. Something that stays with you and makes you wish for more.
*** - Average. Forgettable, but enjoyable while it lasts.
** - Difficult. Not so bad that it wasn't worth finishing, but unfulfilling in the end.
* - Impossible. Too thick or boring or vile to finish. Not worth anybody's time.
Bearing in mind, of course, that these are *my* ratings, and entirely subjective. Here's an example of books by rating:
***** - Ender's Game
**** - Honor Harrington series
*** - Dragonlance series
** - Linear Algebra: A Modern Introduction
* - 50 Shades of Grey
The thing is, I like three star books. Most books I read will be three star books. I *own* some of the Dragonlance novels. But that doesn't mean they are something special, like Ender's Game is to me. I think I've read that book a dozen times. I've bought it 3 or 4 times, and loaned it away each time and never had it returned. I assume that means others like it as much as I do, and refuse to return it. With the Honorverse, I couldn't tell you where one book stops and the other begins, all I can tell you is it is a wonderful setting to lose your imagination in. I could read books set there, with or without Stephanie Harrington, all day long.
In any case, I am going to attempt to review some books in the future. I'm hardly what you'd call a hard nosed book critic. We shall see where this takes us.